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'We are bringing Cardiff together one hug at a time'.

It's all about bringing people together - by simply offering a free hug.

And that's exactly what was happening in Cardiff's Queen Street on Saturday afternoon thanks to Free Hugs Cardiff.

And it seems that people are happy to accept a good old-fashioned cwtch too.

Sri Ponnuswamy is the organiser of the Cardiff event. Speaking while hugging passers-by, he said: "Cardiff is a beautiful city with wonderful people and we need to do this to bring people together. Even if people don't give a hug, they look at us and smile.

"We normally do it for two hours and average 200 hugs. Cardiff needs hugs and we are bringing Cardiff together one hug at a time."

According to Sri, hugging is an important part of Welsh identity.

He said: "Thanks to the word cwtch, hugging is part of Welsh culture. Because the passion, love and welcome is part of the culture - they love a free hug. The moment you have eye contact with people, they smile and they just can't resist, they come give you a hug.

"Free hugs brings people together who are lonely. A lady was once watching us for a long time. She came over and gave us a hug. She had a tear in her eye and she said her partner passed away 10 years ago, she hadn't hugged anyone since."

A woman also started crying when she hugged volunteer Les Jones from Whitchurch.

Les said: "I had a lady cry today and said, 'you don't know what that means to me'."

Learn more about the free hugs movement at


Sri Ponnuswamy gave away free hugs in Queen Street, Cardiff, on Saturday

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 4, 2017
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